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Southeast Tourism Society Selects Beaufort International Film Festival as Top 20 Event

The Beaufort International Film Festival has been named a Southeast Tourism Society (STS) Top 20 Event in the Southeast for February 2018.

 This year’s film festival will take place February 21 – 25, 2018 in historic downtown Beaufort and will welcome thousands of filmmakers from around the world for the 12th annual event. The STS Top 20 Festival and Event Awards have highlighted programs around the Southeast since 1985.

“We’re thrilled that the Beaufort International Film Festival is being recognized for bringing filmmakers around the world together and showcasing a ‘films first’ mentality in Beaufort,” said Robb Wells, VP of travel and tourism for Beaufort, SC. “The film festival is truly a catalyst in showcasing the strength and commitment to arts and culture that Beaufort exhibits and the team deserves this recognition. They’re a prime example of true hospitality and class.”

Travel industry experts select 20 events per month, and STS publicizes them throughout the United States. The complete list of honorees can be found on the STS website.

 “The Southeast is home to unique and memorable events throughout the year. In spotlighting the Top 20 festivals and events each month, STS is not only giving these events the recognition they deserve but we’re also creating a quick reference guide to some of the best festivals in the Southeast,” said Bill Hardman, president and CEO of the Southeast Tourism Society.  “These events are important to the economic vitality of our communities and this is a way for us to acknowledge the time and resources organizers have tirelessly spent to create memories for their attendees.”

 Events considered for the STS Top 20 recognition must be at least three years old and have attendance of at least 1,000.

 STS, founded in 1983 and headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting tourism to and within 12 states – Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

Beaufort History Museum Announces Renovation

Beaufort History Museum, which is located on the upper level of the arsenal on Craven Street in Beaufort’s historic district, is undergoing a complete renovation of its principal exhibit hall. The museum displays the City of Beaufort’s collections, which tell the remarkable 500–year-old history of the Beaufort District.

HW Exhibits, a Charleston-based exhibit design firm, has been retained to help write text, develop graphics, create a cohesive theme and fabricate interpretive exhibits based on the storylines, artifacts and photos that comprise the museum’s proprietary collection and support its mission of education.  Carol Poplin, HW Exhibits Director and Owner, is project leader.

Also on the museum’s “wish list” are plans for the exhibit hall to receive a fresh coat of paint and to undergo other repairs and improvements to the space.  Although the renovation has been a topic of discussion and research for several years, work actually began this year on the first phase of the renovation, which will be completed by late spring 2018.  The museum will remain open during the creative and implementation process but will close for a few weeks prior to completion to facilitate the exhibit installation.

The renovation is overseen and directed by the museum’s Exhibits Committee.  Members include Co-chairs Larry Koolkin and Anne Marie Reiley-Kay, Katherine Lang and Paul Keyserling with support from Mary Lou Brewton, Linda Irving and Phil Cromer.  Lawrence S. Rowland and Stephen R. Wise, co-authors of The History of Beaufort County, South Carolina and renowned authorities on Beaufort’s history, are the principal advisors.

Koolkin said HW Exhibits was chosen after reviewing the company’s impressive portfolio of work on peer museums, including the Santa Elena History Center and the Parris Island Museum.  The cost for the entire renovation is currently estimated to be  $ 250,000. The first phase of the renovation, which is already funded and now underway, will cost $100,000.  Work on the second phase of the project will begin in 2018 and will be paid for with funds from the museum’s escrow account, Accommodations Tax grants and through fundraising efforts.  A capital campaign is currently underway.

Koolkin said the renovation would take place in two phases with Phase I covering the initial planning, creative work, and selection of artifacts from the city’s collection, fabrication of storyboards and displays and installation.   Phase II will involve the installation of a central island with further displays and the implementations of interactive technologies to both enhance and expand the visitor experience.

Beaufort History Museum has evolved to focus specifically on the history of the Beaufort District. It strives to manage and display artifacts and documents held by the City of Beaufort, telling the compelling stories of this area from the early 16th Century until modern times.  The museum’s hours of operation are 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Monday – Saturday.

HW Exhibits is the exhibit design division of Brockington and Associates, heritage resources consulting firm based in Atlanta, Georgia. For more information visit the website at www.hwexhibits.com

 

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

Myrtle Beach will commemorate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with a weekend full of activities, January 12-15, 2018.

The Carolina African American Heritage Foundation, the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Myrtle Beach present the 12th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Friday through Monday, January 12-15, 2018. Everyone’s invited to participate in a job fair, musical talent show, the King Day Parade and more.

Here’s the full celebration schedule.
 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., Friday, January 12 – Welcome Reception and Mixer (with community leaders and city, county and state officials), Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, 1200 North Oak Street
 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., Friday, January 12 – MLK Film Festival (showcases local films, videos, documentaries, etc.), Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel, 2101 North Oak Street
 8:00 to 9:00 a.m., Saturday, January 13 – Regional Economic Development Summit Breakfast, Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel, 2101 North Oak Street
 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 13 – Job Fair and Small Business and Economic Development Workshops, Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel, 2101 North Oak Street
 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Saturday, January 13 – Seventh District Congressman Tom Rice Presentation (along with other guest presenters), Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel, 2101 North Oak Street
 5:00 to 9:00 p.m., Saturday, January 13 – MLK Film Festival, Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel, 2101 North Oak Street
 4:00 to 5:30 p.m., Sunday, January 14 – Ecumenical Worship Service, Sandy Grove Missionary Baptist Church, 1008 Carver Street
 8:00 to 11:00 a.m., Monday, January 15 – “Drum Major” Awards Breakfast (Keynote Speaker John King, with presentations by Jennifer Wilson and Bob Juback), Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel, 2101 North Oak Street
 12:00 to 2:00 p.m., Monday, January 15 – Annual MLK Day Parade
 2:00 to 5:00 p.m., Monday, January 15 – MLK Musical Tribute and Concert, Mt. Olive African Methodist, Episcopal Church, 1108 Carver Street

Author John Kenny Featured at Moveable Feast

CLASS Publishing welcomes a new local author with a Moveable Feast book launch –  a family history. The book is currently available at Art Works in the Litchfield Exchange and Litchfield Books in Fresh Market Commons.

John Kenny, administrative coordinator of the Georgetown Innovation Center, will present A Very Special Family: The House of Joseph Thomas Raad at DeBordieu Colony Clubhouse Friday, Jan. 12, 2018 . The results of a five-year research project to capture the story of the Lebanese community in his adopted hometown, Kenny’s photo-rich history from 1895-2017 is an immigrant story to remind us of the shining hope the United States has been to past generations, as well as their pay-back and -forward in the contributions they have made. One Lebanese family, four immigrant sons, and the lasting impact they have made in Georgetown, South Carolina and throughout the state – this collection of vignettes is a touching tribute to the American dream. A Very Special Family is a 170-page hardcover with 90 photos, $24.95 plus tax.

Each Moveable Feast is  from 11 AM to 1 PM, featuring an hour-long presentation by the author, followed by lunch and a book signing. Following each feast, the author heads to Litchfield Books at 2 PM to sign books for those unable to attend the literary luncheon. To register for Moveable Feast, call 843.235.9600 or ClassAtPawleys.com.

Myrtle Beach Art Museum Exhibition Highlights MB Artist, Art Advocate

William Miller is a high-energy guy. Besides being a prolific artist – creating abstract works that merge two strikingly different media, traditional painting and digital art — Miller is a gallery owner, a mentor to other artists and a tireless advocate for the arts. Following the opening of William H. Miller Studios and Fine Art in 2015, he encouraged other galleries and studios to move into the area, sparking the growth of a downtown Myrtle Beach arts district; and in early 2017 he spearheaded the creation of First Friday Art Walks.

William H. Miller, Day 260 Multi-Dimensional, 09.16.2011, iPhone painting, 20″ x 16″

Area residents now have a chance to experience Miller’s creative genius in an exhibition titled William H. Miller: What You See Is What You Get, opening January 2 and running through April 22 at the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum. An opening reception, featuring a gallery talk by the artist, will be held from 3 – 5 p.m. January 7. Regular gallery hours will be from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 1 – 4 p.m. Sundays.

William H. Miller, Leap of Faith, acrylic, charcoal and latex on canvas, 60″ x 45″, collection of Dr. Charles David Coy, Williamsville, NY

The exhibition’s title is a definite misnomer, as Miller’s abstract work is so much more than what appears on the canvas. Miller paints, in his words, “to communicate complex themes and emotions . . . meant to stir a viewer’s visual mind – activating, adding to and remixing notions of imagery and meaning.” Moreover, he suggests that the work is “incomplete until the viewer brings his own experiences and perceptions into the process.”

William H. Miller, Form and Space, 2017, acrylic mixed media on canvas, 40″ x 80″

In 35 works in both traditional and digital media and in both small and large scale, Miller combines tantalizing combinations of bold colors and unique mark-making that suggest images and themes – somewhere just beyond our sight. He leaves it to the viewer to fill in the details of “what’s it all about.”

William H. Miller, Worlds, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 24″ x 24″

Miller’s works have earned him an Artist Venture Initiative Grant from the South Carolina Arts Commission as well as invitations to the 2016 and 2017 ArtFields competitions in Lake City. His work is included in private collections from Texas to New York City, as well as in South Carolina and Tennessee.
Admission to the opening reception – and to the museum at all times – is free. For further information, call 843-238-2510 or visit www.MyrtleBeachArtMuseum.org.

DragonBoat Beaufort Receives $5000 Donation from Tiny House Show Organizers

DragonBoat Beaufort, the local cancer survivor/supporter racing team, provided volunteers for the first Low Country Tiny House Show held November 4 and 5 at Shelter Cove Community Park on Hilton Head Island. The show was sponsored by New South Living, LLC. The show organizers were introduced to DragonBoat Beaufort by the Lowcountry Radio Group (104.9 the Surf), a long time media sponsor of Dragonboat Race Day.

New South Living, LLC, Driftwood Homes USA, along with several other builders, showcased their unique tiny homes as a part of the Tiny House Movement – one of the hottest trends in the housing market today. The tiny homes include all necessary features of a home to live a sustainable life including full bathrooms, appliances, queen size beds, living rooms, and many other custom features.

DragonBoat Beaufort is very thankful to Ben Kennedy (Brighton Builders) and to New South Living, LLC for the donation.

Dragonboat Beaufort is a non-profit organization located in Beaufort, SC. DragonBoat Beaufort’s mission is to provide cancer survivors the opportunity to heal and regain physical and psychological strength and wellness through the camaraderie and competition of dragonboat paddling and racing. In addition, through DragonBoat Beaufort’s Outreach Program, those impacted by cancer receive one-and-one grants to assist with needs they are unable to afford or for which they lack coverage. Cancer patients who live, work or receive treatment in Beaufort County are eligible to apply for grants.

Contact outreach@dragonboatbeaufort.org for more information. The DragonBoat Beaufort Fund is housed at the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry, a 501(c)3 organization.

Lowcountry Community Concert Band presents Winter Soundscapes

The Lowcountry Community Concert Band, sponsored by the University of South Carolina’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), will perform Winter Soundscapes December 10 and 12.

Under the direction of David Carbone, the program debuts Sunday, December 10 at 3:30 pm at St. John Lutheran Church (157 Lady’s Island Drive Beaufort.)

The second performance is Tuesday, December 12 at 7 p.m. at May River High School (601 New Riverside Road Bluffton.) The school’s band department will present a concert at 6:30 prior to the LCCB concert, and the audience is encouraged to come early and enjoy both events.

Featuring a variety of holiday and traditional seasonal music, Winter Soundscapes includes Greensleeves; O, Little Town of Bethlehem; Sleigh Ride and O Magnum Mysterium.

Admission is free, and donations will be accepted to offset the cost of the program.

For more information, see the band’s website: www.ollilccb.com.

Missy Ricker, Set Decorator for Film and Television, to Receive Behind the Scenes Award

Charleston, SC based Set Decorator Missy Ricker will be honored for her more than 20 years of career achievements at the 12th Annual Beaufort International Film Festival.

The Beaufort Film Society is pleased to announce that Missy Ricker will be presented the prestigious “Behind the Scenes” Award at the 12th Annual Beaufort International Film Festival in Beaufort, SC. The festival dates are February 21-25, 2018 with the Red Carpet Reception and Awards Gala taking place on Sunday, February 25th at the University of South Carolina, Beaufort, Center for the Arts.

“The “Behind the Scenes Award” is presented to a South Carolina film or television professional who very often works quietly off camera but whose efforts are vital to the success of team production efforts. Those many unheralded moments sometimes spanning an entire career are recognized with this award,” stated Ron Tucker, President, Beaufort Film Society.

Missy Ricker is an East Coast Set Decorator for the Film and Television Industry, based in Charleston, SC where she shares her home with husband and fellow Crew Member, Joey Ricker. Originally from Virginia, Missy began her career in Theater and gradually moved into the Film Industry as a Set Dresser and ultimately as a Set Decorator. She earned her MFA in Photography and Filmmaking from VCU in Richmond, VA in 1994, and is currently an appointee to the Film Production Academic Advisory Committee at Trident Technical College, a Member of the Board of Directors for the ‘Carolina Film Alliance’, and a proud Member of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 491 Studio Mechanics Union.

“We’re excited for Missy and applaud her more than two decades of dedication to her craft. Also, Missy will be our first female recipient of this award. We’re very excited about that,” said Co-Festival Director Rebecca Tucker.

Immediately following graduate school in 1994, Missy stayed very busy teaching Photography as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at both Old Dominion University and Thomas Nelson Community College, working as a Stagehand for the Virginia Opera and various Concert Venues in the Tidewater area, and dabbling in a variety of Crafts in the Film and Television industry including working as an Art Director for several Commercials and for the Television Series The New Detectives on the Discovery Channel in 1996. Missy’s first Major Studio Feature Film experience as a Set Dresser was on The Shadow Conspiracy starring Donald Sutherland, Charlie Sheen, and Linda Hamilton, released in 1997. This experience of “dressing” the sets under the established, award-winning Set Decorator Anne McCulley inspired Missy to set out on a path to learn and perfect her own skills in the Craft of Set Decoration.

While continuing to work on various productions, Missy was offered her first official position as a Set Decorator on a Feature Film called Asunder, starring Blair Underwood and Debbie Morgan, and then on a T.V. Series for Showtime called Linc’s starring Pam Grier and Steven Washington in 1998. She worked directly under the Production Designer, John D. Kretschmer. While several more Feature Films immediately followed this experience, Missy was then drawn back to her Fine Art background and set out to open an Independent Art School in Norfolk, VA called, ‘The Ghent Studio of Fine Art’ (S.O.F.A.) in 1999. While Owning and Operating S.O.F.A. successfully for the next six years, her calling was once again to return to the Film and Television Industry.

In 2006 Missy reunited with Production Designer John D. Kretschmer to Decorate several Feature Films including The List starring Malcom McDowell, Chuck Carrington and Hillarie Burton, released in 2007, and The Strangers starring Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman, released in 2008, to name a few. It was at this time that Missy was reminded of her love of the Craft of Set Decoration, and from this point forward became fully re-dedicated to her career as a Set Decorator in the Industry.

In 2008 Missy was offered the Set Decorator position on Lifetime’s Hit Series Army Wives, starring Catherine Bell, Kim Delaney, Brian McNamara, Terry Serpico, Wendy Davis, Drew Fuller, Sally Pressman and Sterling K. Brown, which was filming in Charleston. This is where she met her husband Joey, a Charleston native and fellow Crew Member working in the Transportation Department on the show. Their shared love of Film and Music is what brought them together, and they both enjoyed six wonderful Seasons, and over 100 Episodes, as part of the Army Wives Family. They both continue to work in Film and Television today and are proud to call Charleston home.

Missy’s most recent credits include the Pilot for the Television Series The Sinner starring Jessica Biel, Christopher Abbot and Bill Pullman, The Inspectors Television Series, Seasons 2 and 3, on CBS Saturday mornings starring Jessica Lundy, Brett Green and Terry Serpico, and the latest Feature Film in the Halloween Franchise starring Jamie Lee Curtis.

The Behind the Scenes Award is sponsored by Edie Smith and Eugene Rugala.

For more information about the 12th Annual Beaufort International Film Festival, visit beaufortfilmfestival.com. The festival is produced by the Beaufort Film Society.

The Beaufort Film Society is a nonprofit, 501 (c) 3, member-supported organization, dedicated to providing the highest levels of entertainment and education to the public from all areas of the film industry.

 

Docent Tours Offered for Grand Strand Collects Exhibition

In celebration of its 20th anniversary, the Board of Trustees and staff of the Franklin G. Burroughs – Simeon B. Chpain Art Museum envisioned an exhibition that would sum up the many things that have made the Museum what it is: art, culture and community. The result is Grand Strand Collects, a compilation of more than 200 works of art on loan from local residents.

Paula B. Holtzclaw, Mountain Apples, 2005, oil on board, 15.5″ x 19.5″, anonymous

The exhibit, which fills all of the Museum’s galleries, reflects the tastes, passions and pleasures of local collectors. Grand Strand Collects features works of fine art, both 2D and 3D, in all kinds of media, that demonstrate not only artistic merit but also their collectors’ premises for adding them into their collections.

Sigmund Abeles, Cat Mask – Marlo, 2009, oil, 30″ x 30″, collection of Nancy and Billy Cave

The Art Museum will offer five guided tours of this extensive exhibition with commentary from museum docents. Tours will be held at the following dates and times:

 

2:00 pmSaturday, November 25
5:15 pmThursday, November 30
11:00 amTuesday, December 5
2:00 pmSunday, December 10
2:00 pmThursday, December 14

 

Admission to the tours, and to the Museum, are free. For further information, call 843.238.2510 or visit www.MyrtleBeachArtMuseum.org.

Mark Catesby, A Great Beast – Bison Americanus, ca. 1731-1743, hand-colored engraving, 24″ x 21″, collection of David and Christy Holliday Douglas

Beer and Brats Fundraiser at the Museum of Coastal Carolina on November 24

The Ocean Isle Museum Foundation, Inc. is holding its fifth annual Beer and Brats Fundraiser from 5:00-8:00 PM on Friday, Nov. 24 at the Museum of Coastal Carolina. Enjoy freshly cooked brats, fries, cold beer and soda. Check Six Brewing Company of Southport, is providing the following types of beer: Wendy’s Blonde Ale, Gee Bee Honey Pale Ale, and Aerial Aggression Double IPA which are some of their best-selling craft beers. Enjoy live music by Opportunity Rocks. Proceeds from this event will help maintain the museum and planetarium’s exhibits, so come out for a night of fun while supporting a worthwhile need!

Tickets for Beer and Brats are $30 for adults and $15 for children age 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling or stopping by the museum or planetarium to save $5. Tickets will also be on sale the night of the event. Photo IDs are required for beer drinkers.

The Museum of Coastal Carolina is located at 21 East Second Street, Ocean Isle Beach, NC. Admission to the museum is free for members. Non-member all-day admission is $9.50 for adults, $8.50 for seniors, $7.50 for children (3-12), and free for age 2 and under. Free admission for active duty military and disabled veterans plus up to one guest, must include military ID cardholder. For more information about the Museum of Coastal Carolina, call 910-579-1016, visit www.MuseumPlanetarium.org, or like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MuseumCoastalCarolina.